Workers Issues in the US
By Jerry White, 22 September 2015
The fight to win the most elemental rights of workers, including a significant improvement in living standards and an end to the two-tier wage system, pits autoworkers in a struggle against the entire economic and political system.
Campaign for “no” vote grows
By our reporter, 21 September 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter is leading a campaign for a “no” vote and for workers to form rank-and-file committees, independent of the UAW, to organize opposition.
“The UAW is corporate now. They’re the police of the company.”
By Eric London, 21 September 2015
As details emerge of the agreement made last week by Fiat Chrysler and the UAW, workers say the fact the union would agree to the deal is an insult to their intelligence.
By Evan Winters, 21 September 2015
In the sixth week of the lockout, the company maintains a hard line and continues its efforts to operate with scab labor from Strom Engineering.
Reject UAW sellout! Build rank-and-file committees to fight the union-company conspiracy against autoworkers!
By Jerry White, 21 September 2015
The UAW is pushing a deal that will establish permanently lower wages, shift the costs of health care onto workers, encourage back-breaking speedups and set the stage for a new round of layoffs and plant closings.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2015
Autoworkers should reject the sellout agreement—which will escalate the attack on jobs and living standards—with the contempt that it deserves.
By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2015
The slap on the wrist this week for General Motors, for the deaths of at least 124 people, is another demonstration that capitalism has one law for working people and another for the ruling elite.
By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015
The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) at 12 mills in six states has entered its sixth week.
By Evan Winters, 19 September 2015
Parrish Sewell, 44, fell to his death at the US Steel Edgar Thomson Plant Wednesday night in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
By David Brown, 19 September 2015
Union officials are pushing a sellout contract on teachers after calling off the strike last Tuesday.
New update in the contract fight
By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2015
Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the deep opposition to the tentative agreement in plants throughout the country, and warned against the UAW’s schemes to push the deal through.
By Jerry White, 18 September 2015
Workers at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana expressed their anger, as details of the agreement signed by the UAW became known.
By Jerry White, 16 September 2015
Late shift workers at the Warren Truck Plant described the strikebreaking role of the UAW as the contract expired at midnight on Monday.
By David Brown, 16 September 2015
The teachers union has moved to end the six-day strike on the basis of a sellout contract, despite broad public support for the teachers.
As contract deadline passes
By Eric London, 15 September 2015
Autoworkers around the US have spoken out against the UAW operation to stifle workers’ demands to recoup decades of lost income.
By David Brown, 15 September 2015
Some 5,000 teachers in Seattle remain on strike in a battle that is being isolated by the National Education Association.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2015
Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne and UAW President Dennis Williams are both seeking a deal on the two-tier system, which will permanently lower the top pay of autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2015
The United Steelworkers union has refused to wage a struggle in the face of demands by steelmakers US Steel and ArcelorMittal for draconian cuts to health care benefits.
By Evan Winters, 12 September 2015
Two locked-out workers recently spoke to the WSWS about their experiences after being transferred six years ago from a company facility in Indiana to Pennsylvania.
By David Brown, 12 September 2015
With no negotiations set, 5,000 teachers and staff in Seattle, Washington remained on strike Friday.
Behind the UAW news blackout
By Eric London, 12 September 2015
Autoworkers want to know what is going on behind closed doors in the talks between the union and the companies.
”You get hired here and they pretty much own your soul”
By Evan Winters, 11 September 2015
ATI workers in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, locked out since August 15, described the grueling work schedules and dangerous conditions they face in the mill.
By David Brown, 10 September 2015
The strike is an expression of the widespread desire among teachers to defend public education, while the unions are working to channel discontent back into the Democratic Party.
Labor Day in America
By Jerry White, 8 September 2015
Amid mounting working-class anger and disgust with both big-business parties, the unions are working to promote the lie that the Democrats speak for the working man.
By Evan Winters, 7 September 2015
As the USW pushes for a concessions contract in federal mediation, ATI is seeking to continue production with strikebreakers contracted from Strom Engineering.
Autoworkers speak out
By Jerry White, 7 September 2015
Once they pay for food, utilities and other critical bills, particularly if they are raising children, there is little left to make a payment on a new or even used vehicle.
By Eric London, 5 September 2015
Autoworkers in southern Indiana spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the bankruptcy of the trade unions, growing support for rank-and-file committees, and the need for a nationwide strike.
By Andre Damon, 4 September 2015
Pay for a typical US worker has fallen by 4 percent since 2009, and the incomes of many lower-paid workers have fallen up to twice as fast.
By Shannon Jones, 4 September 2015
The fate of thousands of jobs is being left up in the air with less than two weeks to the expiration of the national auto contract.
By Jerry White, 3 September 2015
Amidst rising anger among workers throughout the United States, the unions are working to suppress opposition to the relentless assault on wages and benefits.
By our reporters, 2 September 2015
Thousands of steelworkers rallied ahead of the expiration at midnight yesterday of three-year contracts covering 30,000 workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal.
By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 1 September 2015
The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have blocked a strike by nearly 70,000 telecom workers.
By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2015
A&P is asking the court to disregard provisions related to seniority and cut severance pay, amid threats to slash 22,000 jobs.
By Eric London, 1 September 2015
Nearly 10,000 autoworkers in Louisville, Kentucky produce trucks and SUVs for Ford Motor Company, which boasted near-record profits in the second quarter of this year.
By Jerry White, 31 August 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.
By our reporters, 29 August 2015
Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security.
By George Gallanis, 29 August 2015
The UAW opened negotiations this week for a new contract covering 11,200 workers at the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery.
By Eric London, 29 August 2015
The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working-class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.
By Eric London, 26 August 2015
Autoworkers are increasingly seeing the bankruptcy of the nationalist orientation of the UAW.
By Evan Winters, 24 August 2015
The United Steelworkers union is isolating locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc., which is demanding steep cuts and the conversion of the workforce into low-wage casual labor.
By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015
Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 August 2015
Locked out workers and their supporters in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their struggle.
By Jerry White, 20 August 2015
Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.
By Gabriel Black, 20 August 2015
Amazon’s white-collar employees are routinely expected to work 80 hour workweeks and are penalized for any lost productivity, including from pregnancy or serious illness.
As contract deadline nears
By Jerry White, 18 August 2015
The job cuts by US Steel and the lock out of Allegheny Technology workers are aimed at blackmailing workers into accepting sweeping concessions.
By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015
The overwhelming strike votes by Fiat Chrysler workers stand in sharp contrast to the continued stonewalling by UAW leaders on the content of negotiations.
By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.
By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015
Autoworkers told the WSWS that strike authorization votes this week passed by a landslide at Chrysler’s Jefferson North and Belvidere Assembly plants.
US contract deadlines in auto and steel
By Jerry White, 17 August 2015
The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.
By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015
As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 July 2015
Workers denounced attacks on benefits and job security at Manhattan demonstration.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 July 2015
The state has the highest unemployment and lowest workforce participation rates in the country, figures exacerbated by mass layoffs in coal, rail and other key industries.
By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2015
Behind the scenes the parameters are being developed for a betrayal of auto workers
By Gabriel Black, 23 July 2015
The top four bargainers for the UAW—Dennis Williams, James Settles, Cindy Estrada and Norwood Jewell—have a long record of imposing the dictates of corporate management.
By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 22 July 2015
Sixty thousand workers at the two largest telecommunication companies in the US face a fight to defend health care and pensions.
By George Gallanis, 20 July 2015
State and local governments have systematically starved public employee pension funds of cash for decades, claiming that there is “no money” to properly fund them.
By Jerry White, 16 July 2015
The opening of talks on new contracts covering 140,000 US autoworkers was marked by a grotesque display of UAW-corporate unity on plans to boost company profits and increase exploitation.
By Jerry White, 15 July 2015
The weekly newsletter will provide coverage of the struggle confronting 139,000 US workers at General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, whose labor contracts expire September 15.
By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2015
A class action suit names both management personnel and UAW officials in connection with sexual harassment, racial discrimination and threats of violence.
By Jerry White, 13 July 2015
The negotiations do not involve antagonistic parties, as the UAW long ago abandoned any defense of workers’ interests and tied its institutional fate to the profits of the auto companies.
As contract talks set to start
By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2015
In a surprise announcement July 9, Ford Motor Company said it will shift production of the Focus and C-Max from its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to an undisclosed location outside the US The move threatens the jobs of 4,000 workers employed at the plant.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 July 2015
Pittsburgh-based coal and natural gas giant Consol Energy is the latest in a series of private companies to cut health benefits for its retired workforce.
By Christopher Davion, 2 July 2015
After working since April 1 without a contract, Milwaukee bus drivers and mechanics began a 72-hour strike early Wednesday.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 July 2015
Republican governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders are crafting a deal that will implement a bevy of anti-worker provisions as part of a bipartisan deal to raise taxes and cut state services.
With appointment of Kenneth Feinberg to oversee cuts
By Andre Damon, 20 June 2015
The White House said Wednesday that it will grant long-time Washington fixer Kenneth Feinberg the power to unilaterally slash the benefits of retirees in multiemployer pension funds.
By Jerry White, 17 June 2015
The cover story of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine promotes the myth that the unions waged a determined struggle against Wisconsin Governor, and likely Republican presidential candidate, Scott Walker.
By John Marion, 16 June 2015
Negotiations between General Electric and an umbrella group of unions began this month in New York.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 June 2015
Senate Bill 1229 would ban strikes by state employees through the duration of Governor Bruce Rauner’s term in office.
By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015
The Democratic-controlled city council voted unanimously for an agreement that maintains a starting wage of only $10 an hour for new EMTs.
By Jerry White, 5 June 2015
With little more than three months before the expiration of the labor agreement with GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, autoworkers need to prepare now for a fight to defend their interests.
By Marc Wells, 1 June 2015
The “Fight for $15” campaign has been used to entice employers to bring in unions, which will in turn enforce sub-minimum wages.
By Hector Cordon, 26 May 2015
The contract signed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union further undermines jobs and conditions and does nothing to address management’s moves to create a largely casualized, low-paid workforce.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 May 2015
The third major fire in eight years broke out at the nuclear facility, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River.
By Alexander Fangmann, 11 May 2015
Despite the ruling, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel remain committed to slashing public employee pensions.
By Kranti Kumara and Jerry White, 5 May 2015
From the beginning, the Atlanta case has been a political vendetta aimed at further discrediting public school teachers and accelerating the process of privatizing public education.
By Marcus Day, 5 May 2015
Even as it rewards its executives and shareholders, BP has repeatedly claimed that it must cut costs and impose harsh working conditions to remain competitive.
By Johanna Murger, 5 May 2015
Executive Warren Evans says the “strong medicine” in his financial plan is the only way to avoid emergency management in the county that includes Detroit.
By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015
The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”
By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015
After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.
“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015
The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.
By Marc Wells, 29 April 2015
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike Monday over wage theft and to be reclassified as employees, not “independent contractors.”
By Marc Wells, 25 April 2015
Nurses at eight California hospitals and one Chicago medical center have announced a strike against understaffing, limited by the unions to a one- or two-day action.
By Marc Wells, 22 April 2015
California’s Inland Empire, one of the fastest growing economies in the US, is creating low-paying, unsafe jobs despite a considerable boom in the logistics industry.
By Tom Hall, 20 April 2015
LyondellBasell will begin unilaterally imposing the terms of a contract that includes huge givebacks on overtime pay.
By Niles Williamson, 18 April 2015
The world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, announced this week that as a result of declining oil production it will cut 11,000 jobs worldwide, bringing the firm’s total layoffs so far this year to 20,000.
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By Marcus Day, 13 April 2015
As the oil companies insist there is no money to improve working conditions or wages, last week Shell announced a $70 billion takeover of the natural gas company BG.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 April 2015
Gotbaum’s precedent-setting surrender of New York City workers’ rights in the 1970s paved the way for the American ruling class’ offensive against workers throughout the US and the record inequality of today.
By Jerry White, 11 April 2015
At last month’s UAW bargaining convention, a group of self-styled “dissidents” worked to bolster illusions that the UAW is a viable organization that can be reformed through pressure from below.
By George Marlowe and Jerry White, 1 April 2015
The March 27 event sponsored by the United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO was billed as a “solidarity” rally for 1,100 workers on strike at the BP Whiting, Indiana refinery for nearly two months.
By Jerry White, 30 March 2015
In a March 25 press conference following the United Auto Workers bargaining convention in Detroit, UAW President Dennis Williams said he was willing to consider the creation of a new, third tier of workers.
At bargaining convention in Detroit
By Jerry White, 26 March 2015
Facing demands from workers for a significant improvement of wages, the UAW reasserted its commitment to maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the US automakers.
By George Marlowe, 26 March 2015
Workers at BP’s Whiting, Indiana plant and a handful of other refineries remain on strike, as the USW works to quickly end the walkout at Shell, Tesoro and other companies.
By Jerry White, 25 March 2015
The first day of the UAW bargaining convention underscored the organization’s role as a tool of the auto companies and the Obama administration.
By David Brown, 25 March 2015
The Stockton Teachers Association and School District have exchanged allegations of illegal labor practices in the wake of a recent strike authorization vote.
As United Auto Workers bargaining convention opens
By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2015
With GM, Ford and Chrysler raking in an estimated $76 billion since 2009, auto workers are determined to win improvements in the upcoming auto contract talks.
By Jerry White, 18 March 2015
Oil workers continue to walk the picket lines at refineries across the US despite the efforts of the United Steelworkers to shut down the month-and-a-half long strike.
By our reporters, 14 March 2015
Picketing by oil workers will continue until agreements are passed at each separate refinery, with workers who do not accept the terms left completely isolated.
By Jerry White, 13 March 2015
Any deal reached on the basis of blocking the full mobilization of oil workers against the intransigence of the energy giants can be nothing but a miserable betrayal.
By Shannon Jones, 13 March 2015
Obama’s criticism of the recently enacted right-to-work law in Wisconsin reflects divisions in the ruling establishment over the best way to pursue attacks on the working class.